I Knew if I Could Just Get Close Enough…

“You probably shouldn’t tell anybody you asked me that question,” my husband said one night last week. We were standing in the backyard looking at the moon. Fascinated, I snapped pictures with my phone like a private investigator. I wanted to understand the mystery of outer space.

If I can only get close enough to see…

I ran inside for the good camera.




Here the part I’m not supposed to tell you.

“Which one moves?” I said. “The earth, the moon, or the sun.”

Rick stared at me. “Surely you know the answer.”

I’m excellent at gauging the emotional atmosphere in a room, but math, directions, the laws of science…

Rotating his arms in huge circles, my husband explained the solar system.

I nodded, pretending to understand. (If you’re like me, this site has good pictures to help us get it.)

But what keeps us from falling into outer space? What about nights when I can’t see the moon? Where does it go?

The next morning, I told God I’d never figure it all out.

You don’t have to, He seemed to say. I’ll never ask you to re-hang the moon or make the sun come up.

I sensed Him smiling.

I smiled back.

I only ask you to trust Me with childlike faith.

I can do that, I told him.

I don’t have to know all the answers in life.

I don’t have to get close to the moon to figure out how it works.

I only need to stay close to my Father. He understands.

*picture from http://kevingriggs.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/childlike-faith.jpg

Love Julie, who is no longer puzzled by the moon. I’m just glad it’s there.










  1. I so relate. And love that you bring me back to childlike faith this morning… xo

    • Robin, Jamie said, “Mom, didn’t you pay attention in third grade when everybody learned this stuff?”


      Love you, my friend!

  2. Wow, I LOVE that we do not need to know or worry how childlike our understanding is. I am thankful you shared. We learn so much more in the honest, childlike lack of understanding than in the limited unimportant understandings of man. “I can do that” brought some tears of thanksgiving to me as I joined you in telling God, I can do that. Yes, yes we can:) Blessings and childlike wonder as we marvel at the greatness of our God!!

  3. One of our favorite things to do as a family on summer nights, is to set up our telescope and look at the stars, Milky Way and planets. I have always been interested in space, so the first time I saw Saturn and could clearly see the rings that surround this planet, I was in awe of God’s masterful work. I thanked Him for giving me a chance to see this far away handy work of His, up close.

    When I think about it, just knowing that God made all of this huge universe and all things in it work perfectly together, fills me with such a peace, a peace that passes all understanding.

    One of my favorite Bible verses is this:
    ‘Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing.” Isaiah 40:26

    • Eileen, what a gorgeous response. You make me want to run out and get a telescope. I think I’d LOVE to do what your family does…I can appreciate His beauty without having to figure out how it works.

      Your verse–thank you. Praise You, Lord. So exquisite.

      Hugs from rainy Georgia this morning. xoxo

  4. Okay, I often wonder the same thing! (You’re not so weird after all.) But what a wise woman taught me last year (that would be you, Julie), there is a great word that I use all the time now: surrender. This is one of those things I surrender because I truly do not know, and don’t need to know, as you said. My life is in God’s hands and the turning of the earth and the moon and the sun are not in my control. There are so many things not in my control. I surrender every day and enjoy the little things like a fabulous moon shining above us on the blackest of nights. Thanks for reminding me of the wonder of the evenings. Hugs!

    • Yep, it all goes back to Surrender, B.J. Because I sure can’t understand it, make it work myself, or get any closer to the moon so I can see better. 🙂

      Love you, friend.

      The wonder of evenings. That’s beautiful.

  5. Oh, yeah…a postscript: thanks for reminding me that I’m not the only weird one out there. : o )

  6. Julie Gilleand says:

    I love the moon! Did you ever see the Bruce Willis movie, “The Kid”? There’s a scene where his lady friend says, “Look at the moon!”, with all the enthusiasm and wonder of a child. He makes fun of her and mocks her (before he learns how to stop being a jerk!). My kids and I, ever after that, jokingly make fun of each other when one of us sees a fantastic moon and shouts out “Look at the moon!” Years ago when one of my sons and I took a trip to Colorado, I called my other two sons each night. They’d look out the window at the moon in Indiana as I did the same in Colorado and it was so neat to know that we were all looking at the same moon, from 1200 miles away from each other. It was a connecting point. I’m so glad we don’t have to figure it all out or be the ones to hang the moon. It’s enough just to be amazed at God’s creation and see Him in it, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Julie G

    • Other Julie, no I haven’t seen that movie, but that’s exactly what I’m talking about. The other night, it was like…..Oh, Wow. How? It’s so huge. And faithful. And so much bigger than me

      Will have to rent The Kid.

      Thanks, my friend.


  7. One of my favorite preacher/teachers speaks of when God created the universe He asks His angels how big He should make it. They tell Him that since creation points to God, that it should be as big & infinite as He is.
    The size & complexity of our tiny solar system is mind-boggling for me. Yet it is just a tiny speck in the universe. What an incredible God to care for improbable me! He’s OK with the fact that I leave the understanding of His greatness to better minds than mine; & I just trust Him.
    Child-like faith is the best kind!

    • Amen, Melody. I became a dot that night. A tiny flea in the grass.

      But a grateful flea because I matter so much to Him. He sees us and knows us. If He can create space, surely He can understand each one of us.


  8. Oh believe me, Julie, you’re not the only one! (And I’m glad to know I’m not alone!) Aren’t you glad we don’t have to ever worry about creating creation?

    • I’m laughing, Vonda. Yes. Yes. I’m so relieved I don’t have “Create Creation” on my TTD list.

      That one was handled for me–without my help!

      Thanks, friend. Am looking forward to your Friday post–as always. 🙂

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